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Jessica Arons

Reproductive Health Technologies Project

Jessica Arons is the President & CEO of the Reproductive Health Technologies Project, a nonprofit organization that seeks to ensure reproductive health, rights, and justice by promoting new reproductive technologies, expanding access to existing ones, and providing accurate information about reproductive options to ensure informed decision making.

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Contraceptive Coverage: Essential Care for Women of Color

Jessica Arons & Lucy Panza

Women of color experience much higher unintended pregnancy rates than their white counterparts. As a group they also suffer higher rates of chronic diseases, including pregnancy-related conditions, which can be prevented with consistent use of contraceptives. The new regulation guaranteeing access to contraception without a co-pay will help greatly with these and other health issues.

Jessica Arons
Jessica Arons

Commentary Abortion

Why All 100 Senators Should Support Access to Abortion in Cases of Rape in the Military

The Shaheen Amendment currently has 12 cosponsors. It should have all 100. This amendment should be entirely non-controversial and should appeal even to those who generally oppose abortion but are sympathetic to its need in cases of rape or incest. Even the Hyde Amendment — the original ban on government coverage for abortion — allows for abortion in those circumstances.


Chris Smith Introduces Radical Abortion Ban

Jessica Arons

Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) claims his bill would “only” codify, or make permanent, the Hyde Amendment. But it goes far beyond current law, seriously compromise women’s access to reproductive health care, and hamstring government operations.

The Pro-Choice Continuum

Jessica Arons

Jessica Arons is the Director of the Women's Health and Rights Program at the Center for American Progress and the author of More than a Choice: A Progressive Vision for Reproductive Health & Rights.

In the pro-choice community, we spend most of our time debating the options women should have when they are thinking about terminating a pregnancy. We rarely spend time, however, discussing what options women should have when giving birth. By the same token, maternal and birthing rights activists often do not address issues surrounding abortion in their own work.

The National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW) has set out to change that. This past weekend in Atlanta, GA, pro-choice activists and maternal rights supporters came together—for the first time to my knowledge—for a National Summit to Ensure the Health and Humanity of Pregnant and Birthing Women.